Terrific Town claim top scalp

Action from Uppingham 3rd's victory at Barrowden
Action from Uppingham 3rd's victory at Barrowden

UPPINGHAM claimed a top scalp in the Rutland League and picked up their first ever win in the Northants League in an excellent weekend for the Castle Hill side.

Town beat Thrapston 3rds by 169 runs in their Northants League debut on Saturday with Martin Bennett just two shy of a century.

Bennett was frustratingly caught on 98 but he had given his side a superb start as they rattled up 271-6 off 45 overs.

Danny Dumford and Jamie Binley both pitched in with 39 before Uppingham’s bowlers made mincemeat of the Thrapston line-up.

Thrapston made 102 and Town’s tally never looking in danger of being matched. Alex Ashwin took three for 18 and Harry Butchart four for 25 but all Town’s bowlers produced tight figures.

A day later, Uppingham were brushing aside league leaders Oundle as they settle back into life in the Rutland League’s top flight.

Skipper Martin Bennett (34 runs) won the toss and decided to bat first, opening with Dave Fish (11) for a solid start of 42 runs for the first wicket.

But batting proved difficult, perhaps due to overnight rain, and it required Callum O’Berg to make a slow but much needed 20 runs to hold the middle order together.

Danny Dumford made a good 22 before a silly run out and Henry King (23no), at number eight, took town’s final tally to 130 for 9 – a modest score on Oundle’s ground.

All four Oundle bowlers had performed well with Matt Bell the pick of the quartet with 3 for 35 runs.

In reply, Oundle opened with James Chambers (14) and Leon Le Roux (36) with Chambers the first to depart, caught by Henry King with the score on 19 runs.

At 20 overs Oundle had lost six wickets and at 30 they were in trouble, eight down for 112. Matt Bell (12) and Richard Atherstone (16no) batted steadily but it was a day for bowlers, and Oundle were dismissed for 124 runs in 39.2 overs to give Uppingham a hard fought victory.

Jamie Binley with three wickets for 40, Scott Green with three for 14, and Alex Ashwin with three wickets for 25 runs shared the bowling honours, and again excellent fielding and catching won the game for Town.

Elsewhere in the Rutland League, Uppingham’s 2nd XI were undone by Godmanchester. Town never really got going and were dismissed for 95, losing by 111 runs.

In division 7, Charles Richardson claimed five wickets for just 21 runs off eight overs at Barrowden where Uppingham’s 3rd XI beat their hosts by five wickets.